Ocean: Reflections on a Century of Exploration

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University of California Press, May 6, 2009 - Science - 536 pages
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The past one hundred years of ocean science have been distinguished by dramatic milestones, remarkable discoveries, and major revelations. This book is a clear and lively survey of many of these amazing findings. Beginning with a brief review of the elements that define what the ocean is and how it works—from plate tectonics to the thermocline and the life within it—Wolf H. Berger places current understanding in the context of history. Essays treat such topics as beach processes and coral reefs, the great ocean currents off the East and West Coasts, the productivity of the sea, and the geologic revolution that changed all knowledge of the earth in the twentieth century.
 

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Contents

2 A Portrit of the Ocean Planet
31
3 Life at the Edge of a Fertile Sea
63
4 Of Coral Reefs and Atolls
95
5 The Zen of the Beach
125
6 Unraveling the Gulf Stream Puzzle
151
7 Sardines and the California Current
185
8 Meadows and Deserts of the Sea
215
9 Of Whales and Sharks and Giant Squid
245
14 Abyssal Memories
405
15 Global Warming and the Ocean
439
Epilogue
471
Appendix One
479
Appendix Two
481
Appendix Three
483
Appendix Four
489
Appendix Five
491

10 The Deep the Cold the Dark
279
11 Seeing in the Dark
311
12 Mountains Trenches Sunken Islands
341
13 The Oceans Memory of the Ice Ages
373
Figure Sources and References
495
Index
501
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Wolf H. Berger is Distinguished Research Professor at the Geosciences Research Division of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography.

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